Rasmussen: Obama’s presser backfired

posted at 10:15 am on July 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama obviously hoped to get a swell in support after his prime-time presser, both for his health-care initiative and for his own approval ratings.  Until now, the president has wrung temporary boosts in polling from his major media appearances.  Not this time, though, as Rasmussen shows that negative ratings for his polling increased in the two days after Wednesday’s prime-time press conference:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

The number who Strongly Disapprove of the President has increased slightly following the prime time press conference on Wednesday night. That figure—39%–is now at the highest level yet recorded. As a result, the overall Approval Index has fallen to the lowest level yet recorded for this President. …

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. This is the second straight day that his overall approval rating has been below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove. See recent demographic highlights from the Presidential Tracking Poll. For more measures of the President’s performance, see Obama By the Numbers.

These updates are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. More than two-thirds of the interviews for today’s update were completed after the President’s nationally televised press conference on Wednesday night. The first update based entirely upon interviews conducted after the press conference will be released on Sunday.

What happened?  Besides the distraction of putting his foot in his mouth over the Gates arrest, Obama said nothing new or even particularly interesting on Wednesday night about health care.  The only really new statement made by Obama was that he would approve tax hikes on the middle class as long as they didn’t primarily pay for the reform bill.  Until July 22nd, only Robert Gibbs had hinted at middle-class tax hikes for health-care reform.

Even that was a subtle point lost on most viewers, and certainly not covered in the media.  People took a more visceral lesson from the press conference, which was that Obama has run out of things to say about ObamaCare.  Small wonder he declared that “the time for talk is through,” because it certainly is for him.  Even the normally complaisant media declared his performance “lackluster” — in this case, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman on MS-NBC, of all places:

I’ve been covering Barack Obama for a few years, and it’s usually crystal clear what he is up to. Not last night. This is the first time I’ve asked myself: What was THAT all about?

His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time. He spent an hour (with the aide of a soporific White House press corps) pouring sand (one grain at a time) into the already-slowing gears of the machinery of health-care reform.

He made no real news on health care, but DID make news on race relations with his discussion of the Skip Gates case — thereby obscuring the topic he supposedly wanted to feature.

Tomorrow, Rasmussen will have the first rolling average of polling completely taken after the presser.  It will take until Tuesday to see what the complete polling shows after Obama had to take back his asinine remarks about that incident and issue a non-apology apology to the officer involved in the arrest.  Somehow, I don’t think the results will give him much momentum.


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This is kinda sad to watch. It’s like when Bolt realized that it wasn’t the styrofoam weakening him and discovered that he really didn’t have any super powers, it was all just camera tricks and gorilla dust.

*sob*

29Victor on July 25, 2009 at 2:23 PM

29Victor on July 25, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Awwwwwwwww…..

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I hear Obama has asked Gates and Crowley to the White House for a beer. That is just so weird. Bush was so much classier.

Terrye on July 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM

To all you young people: Major in engineering, engineers are among the most politically conservative people in the universe. I know; I are one.

Pelayo on July 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

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Seems that way where I work…
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RalphyBoy on July 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Zogby has his approval rating down to 48%.

Godzilla on July 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM

However, the MSM is doing its best to back up Obama:
NewsBusters:

Gates-Gate: Morning Shows Exclude Non-African-American Guests

Among the highlights: a writer from Tina Brown’s Daily Beast suggested that given our incarceration rate, the USA meets the definition of a “police state.”

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 2:47 PM

To all you young people: Major in engineering, engineers are among the most politically conservative people in the universe. I know; I are one.

Pelayo

Most likely because they can’t afford to believe in make-believe.

xblade on July 25, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Can ratings go below zero. If they can that is where Obama is headed. There are always enough “nut cases” out there to probably keep them between 5 and 10%.

duff65 on July 25, 2009 at 3:02 PM

For all of those who have been concerned about the parking tickets at Cambridge–it has been reported that Barry was driving a b-l-a-c-k car. Sounds like racism, straight up racism.

mobydutch on July 25, 2009 at 3:07 PM

By Christmas he’ll be firmly under 40% and will never recover politically. Welcome back, Carter.

RepubChica on July 25, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Hey, where’s rokemronnie?

guntotinglibertarian on July 25, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I think he should do another one. Maybe 2 weekly, until the numbers turn around.

DarkCurrent on July 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Mr President,
I agree with this guy and encourage you to take his advice. Remember, there has to be a pony in there somewhere, keep shoveling!!

TBinSTL on July 25, 2009 at 3:18 PM

To all you young people: Major in engineering, engineers are among the most politically conservative people in the universe. I know; I are one.

Pelayo on July 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

The thing is, if conservatives are going to retake our culture, we need young conservatives to major in the liberal arts and social sciences in fields such as history, political science, philosophy, literature, etc. and we also need conservatives with the talent to go into the fine arts. We need young conservative artists, writers, poets, sculptors, actors, musicians and we need them badly.

Matt Helm on July 25, 2009 at 3:19 PM

The non-apology he offered up to Cambridge police after he shared his opinion on something without checking the facts first, only to make himself look like an even bigger ass will make his numbers fall even lower.

Swing, batter batter.

Conservative_SAHM on July 25, 2009 at 3:25 PM

The audacity of dope.

Daggett on July 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM

6 months in office. That’s the longest he’s held a real job.

Time to retire and spend more time with the family.

Biden will last a month and hopefully, he’ll report a Vice President who knows what the hell it is he’s doing, at last.

NoDonkey on July 25, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I hear Obama has asked Gates and Crowley to the White House for a beer. That is just so weird. Bush was so much classier.

Terrye on July 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM

The “beer” shows the distain he has for us little people. The drink is meant to show him to be a regular guy. Everybody wanted to have a beer with President Bush. You have arquela or whatever with The One, preferably in Napa Valley. Another phony act.

IlikedAUH2O on July 25, 2009 at 3:41 PM

But really – Obama is probably pacing in the Oval office hoping that
a 9-11 like disaster can change his fortunes. He is wondering
why Al Qaeda has deserted him.

izoneguy on July 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

This is exactly what is happening right now. Biden knew.

baldilocks on July 25, 2009 at 3:41 PM

We have met the enemy and he is us.

— Pogo (1972) by Walt Kelly (1913-1973)

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

We do have an enemy to this republic & he has been elected to our highest public office. He is attempting to shift away from American capitalism and remake it into his own world view as a soft tyranny such as Chavez has Venezuela. This tumultuous presidency is a test for the U.S. Constitution and all it represents. Americans were sold on an image of this man Obama rather than what Obama’s true political aspirations really were throughout his life. He must really be laughing it up at the White House everytime a milestone is reached on his toward goal. His goal is to have complete government control over the people he swore to protect and defend according to a U.S. document he doesn’t even really believe is the foundation of this country. We really need to keep an eye on that 22nd amendment.

[btw] Walt Kelly was also known to provide astute criticism without being cruel toward others through his all-wise Pogo.

Americannodash on July 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Democrats were the ones that didn’t leave home until they were married, they needed the support of mommy and daddy. When they were married, they always knew that mommy and daddy would be there to support them if things didn’t work out. They feel that everyone should have the mommy and daddy back-up so they want our government to fill that void.

They believe Republicans are those mean people that actually want them to be independent, be free and on their own, without a lifeline to the past, they just can’t deal with life.

The Democrats will be the ones that support Obama, even if Rasmussen goes to -20, Obama will never lose the core Democrats, the ones that will support anyone with a “D” after their name. Of course there won’t be a Republican or independent there but that’s the way it is.

bflat879 on July 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM

The thing is, if conservatives are going to retake our culture, we need young conservatives to major in the liberal arts and social sciences in fields such as history, political science, philosophy, literature, etc. and we also need conservatives with the talent to go into the fine arts. We need young conservative artists, writers, poets, sculptors, actors, musicians and we need them badly.

Matt Helm on July 25, 2009 at 3:19 PM

wrong side of the brain being used. conservative/engineer makes sense. Both use logic. Conservative/artist can’t work different sides of the brain dominate

Jeff from WI on July 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM

See Obama’s moon slink down in the sky
Every dream he spins is a lie
Here’s the one bitter lesson of Obama’s history
His soul should no longer remain a mystery
His many faces change
What you thought you knew grows ever more strange
And he has so many faces
His real self erases
With all those lies dancing in his empty eyes!

PercyB on July 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM

On Drudge:

PALIN: “NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR COUNTRY”

The Palin Tsunami is on it’s way.

luvstotango on July 25, 2009 at 4:12 PM

At this stage in his presidency Obama is tenth in popularity out of the last twelve presidents. He is less popular now than George Bush was six months in, and that is with every major network (except for Fox) newspaper and magazine forsaking their own journalistic credibility to hold him up, never challenging, never attacking, never criticizing.

Obama has also had the support of the entertainment industry, comics never mock him or make him the butt of jokes, pop figures do not attack him as they did every other president. He also has had the support of the majority of academia, and labor unions; and yet, he is still under 50% in popularity and number ten out of twelve recent presidents. He is floating on helium and hot air and when the media gets tired of being made fools of and being lied to, they will turn on him and Obama will fall fast and hard with a gigantic splash.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Mr A on July 25, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Pelayo on July 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

I majored in chem and that’s pretty apolitical. Except one time my Organic prof talked for maybe 5 min about why drug companies charge so much for drugs they produce because actually making the compounds needed are incredibly time consuming and expensive and when my Physical chemistry professor (who was British) came in and was talking to the T.A. how he had never met a conservative until he noticed that the secretaries in the chem admin office had McCain/Palin signs.

Rightwingguy on July 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

IlikedAUH2O on July 25, 2009 at 3:41 PM

They might be drinking absinthe…. $5 bucks say that the President will form a special committee on what beer “ordinary Americans” like to drink and they end up with Either Miller High Life or PBR.

Rightwingguy on July 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

It will take until Tuesday to see what the complete polling shows after Obama had to take back his asinine remarks about that incident and issue a non-apology apology to the officer involved in the arrest. Somehow, I don’t think the results will give him much momentum.

The filthy liar in the White House would have been better off had he opined that Gidget the Taco Bell dog would still be alive if his healthcare scheme had been in place. It’s absurd, I know, but I cannot imagine such a statement coming close to the damage the bastard did by trotting out racial politics for no particular reason. I couldn’t be happier about it all except, of course, Gidget’s demise.

highhopes on July 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

$5 bucks say that the President will form a special committee on what beer “ordinary Americans” like to drink and they end up with Either Miller High Life or PBR.

Rightwingguy on July 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Perhaps Colt 45 malt liquor. I can’t think of a better drink to affirm the kinds of sterotypes the filthy liar in the White House and his racist academic friend want to perpetuate so that blacks are never anything but victims.

highhopes on July 25, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I am curious how these pollsters are defining “likely voters.” There were plenty of people who voted for Obama last time that probably wouldn’t be considered under the traditional definition and, regardless of ANYTHING he does, will vote for him again as their support for him isn’t really based on substance in the first place. The stuff that most commenters to Hot Air pay attention to everyday – like the press conference – is just background noise to these people (which is basically what the article in my link says).

Anyway, I sure hope these pollsters are taking that effect into account when they define their samples and release these numbers because I don’t want to get my hopes up.

(BTW – I’ll before any trolling libtards start pointing fingers, I’ll be the first to admit that was a racist comment, but that doesn’t make it untrue or inaccurate.)

jr.ewing.78 on July 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I majored in chem and that’s pretty apolitical.
Rightwingguy on July 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Yeah except for those free radicals. :-0

I know a few individuals with a biochem background. They are essentially lab geeks and really could care less about politics in general. The tend to be liberals because they think the ethical/moral concerns of the social and fiscal conservatives hinder whatever the hell they do in the lab (embryonic stem cell research is an area of particular hatred against the right).

highhopes on July 25, 2009 at 4:42 PM

[btw] Walt Kelly was also known to provide astute criticism without being cruel toward others through his all-wise Pogo.

Americannodash on July 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Am I cruel to others?

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 4:46 PM

why drug companies charge so much for drugs they produce because actually making the compounds needed are incredibly time consuming and expensive and

Rightwingguy on July 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Otherwise known as Research and Development. This stuff just doesn’t happen or fall out of the sky. These people doing R&D in all kinds of industries are very intelliegent and smart people and they (I hope) are paid the big buck$ to accomplish the things that they do. They are making our lives better for everyone.

cjs1943 on July 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM

wrong side of the brain being used. conservative/engineer makes sense. Both use logic. Conservative/artist can’t work different sides of the brain dominate Jeff from WI on July 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I Disagree. Your theory is structurally flawed in that you’re assuming that A automatically cancels out B. Anecdotal evidence alone disproves your theory. In acting you have everyone from Joan Allen to Ephraim Zimbalist Jr. who are or were politically conservative. Artists include Jeff Heaton and Vincent Gallo. You have conservative musicians, poets, and too many others within the creative community to list. Poul Anderson, one of this country’s finest science fiction writers, was politically libertarian/conservative. To state that because someone cannot be creative while also being politically conservative is as illogical as saying an engineer cannot be a leftist–and there are plenty of leftist engineers running around.

Matt Helm on July 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I hear Obama has asked Gates and Crowley to the White House for a beer. That is just so weird. Bush was so much classier.

Terrye on July 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I hope Crowley shows up with the other two officers that were present and asks The Pinnochio Presidente for his Birth Certificate and a piss test. Me-thinks he flunks both!

The Presidente called a press conference and without TOTUS the PUNK showed up!
HAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAA 52% Morons, 48% approval and droppin like a rock!

dhunter on July 25, 2009 at 5:13 PM

dhunter on July 25, 2009 at 5:13 PM

I hope Crowly shows up with a process server and slaps both Gates and the filthy liar with a defamation suit.

Think about it. It took two solid days of media pressure for the filthy liar to back down somewhat from his riff that Gates was taken from his home because he was black and the cop was white. That’s blatantly not true and there is a civil wrong here.

highhopes on July 25, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Am I cruel to others?

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I don’t think so but maybe that is not enough. Let’s have an impromptu opinion poll here at Hot Air.

A) Loxodonta is a teddy bear _________

B) Loxodonta is a bunny rabbit __________

C) Loxodonta is a fig newton __________

D) Loxodonta is a clark bar __________

E) Loxodonta is all the above __________

F) Loxodonta is none of the above __________

G) Loxodonta is like Pogo __________

Americannodash on July 25, 2009 at 5:55 PM

This is just a thought I have had over the past few days. Has Obama ever had a “job”? I mean did the guy ever hustle newspapers, wait tables, Mickey D’s, or anything of the sort? I sincerely doubt it, I think he has lived off the generosity of others all his life.

tessa on July 25, 2009 at 6:33 PM

The interest payments are rather high on this card.

mizflame98 on July 25, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Barack Stupidly Obama is like a spider who gets caught by his own web.

Uber-Stupid.

profitsbeard on July 25, 2009 at 6:50 PM

A little O/T, but according to Rasmussen, 54% of the electorate still blame Bush for the bad economy.

Actually, Bush sliced it open; Barry is rubbing in the salt, over and over and over . . . you know the kind, too, the large grained, sharp-edged kosher salt.

Special K on July 25, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Man, I want that guy to fail! He’s trying to destroy our way of life, our economy, healthcare, you name it!

BillCarson on July 25, 2009 at 8:55 PM

A possible scenario to ponder is: if the 2010 election did not go well for the Dems, look for HRC to quit the administration and run against Obama for the nomination in 2012.

bayview on July 25, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Not last night. This is the first time I’ve asked myself: What was THAT all about?

Typical worshiping MSM comment. Obama has never given a talk where he made sense.

Herb on July 25, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Zogby has his approval rating down to 48%.

Godzilla on July 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM

You know, I’ve been polled online by Zogby for years – at least 2 election cycles. They always ask my political ideology, party affiliation, religious background, and racial profile, which is on record as Conservative, Republican, Christian, etc…

I have not yet been polled by them on Obama since his election. Not one. I’ve received various polls on my opinion of various corporations, health care, shopping habits.. but nothing on my approval or disapproval of Obama. I was constantly asked about George Bush, though.

atheling on July 25, 2009 at 10:12 PM

You know it’s bad when even the MSM won’t spin for you.

the_moll on July 26, 2009 at 12:16 AM

And Zogby comes from Muslim background. Not good.

guntotinglibertarian on July 26, 2009 at 12:37 AM

I have worked in theatre and NO wavering from leftist thinking is tolerated there.

The only conservative writers allowed to publish, like Dean Koontz for instance, are those who write thrillers or science fiction or horror fiction and sell books to the average or normal public. So called literary fiction and poetry does not tolerate any deviation from the left wing mindset.

Dhuka on July 26, 2009 at 1:07 AM

To borrow from a very old song:

To know, know, know him is not to love, love, love him.

More’s the pity.

vnjagvet on July 26, 2009 at 1:17 AM

They’re looking at the bill and they don’t like it.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 26, 2009 at 4:12 AM

Fellow posters:

Please consider turning on the scalding steam on HR 3200–Obamacare this week.

A thorough postmortem exam must commence–dissection must include access to care, coverage, cost, providers, freedoms (or lack thereof), choices and services.

In the past, we conservatives have been remiss in political victory. We win a minor battle, then set about to polishing our armor and patting ourselves on the back. Those days are over, we must follow this bill and this statist liberal approach back to the dark lair from which it emerged and find the roach which hatched it–and dispatch it. Short of that, it will return tomorrow night. Deny the statist liberals the freedom of bringing this abominable legislation of the future. Pursue it and deliver merciless blows upon it and its founders.

Pummel it— with extreme prejudice.

ted c on July 26, 2009 at 7:29 AM

Tomorrow, Rasmussen will have the first rolling average of polling completely taken after the presser.

-11 today.

Bobbertsan on July 26, 2009 at 8:53 AM

The remarks about the Gates situation revealed a core attitude about race that Obama holds and hid during the election.

I doubt that anyone is fooled any longer about his true viewpoint, and his apology won’t change that.

AnninCA on July 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM

next thing is to invite all the trail lawyers and doctors to the White House for a bar-b-que and solve this health take-over attempt. What a world class leader. A Harvard grad no doublt. I Q beyond measure. Sex symbol to the press corps. Racial healer. The list seems to never end. If only he knew what the hell to do with the economy. Because with all the attributes the media has given him, he is actually clueless in this area.

bluegrass on July 26, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Most likely because they can’t afford to believe in make-believe.

xblade on July 25, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Bingo. Engineers are also notorious for “running the numbers”.

Two of my four kids are going into engineering. #2 son graduated with honors from U Chicago in Russian literature. However, His first job was as a quant for a consulting firm.

Me? I worked in aerospace engineering. Just one step shy of rocket science.

MSimon on July 26, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I hear Obama has asked Gates and Crowley to the White House for a beer. That is just so weird. Bush was so much classier.

It is less than classy, and totally inappropriate, especially after you have trashed mouth the person you are inviting on infront of the nation and yet have refused to appologise to and to continue to call what the police did as stupid, as if that did not include the police officer. This was obviously something cooked up to make it seem as if it was nothing and make his friend, Gates, and himself look less racist than they showed themselves to be. BHO was showing his true colors and who is important on his agenda and who isn’t, which includes the majority of the nation.

Franklyn on July 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM

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